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Good jobs are hard to come by and even harder to get because of competition. When you’re looking for a new job, you need to be ready to pounce on the opportunity when it arrives. That’s why you need to know these tips on how you prepare for a job search.

Update Your Resume

You should first look at your resume, as an old resume won’t impress anyone. Make sure that all your information is up-to-date and keep it short. Most jobs want to see a page-long resume, so only include what’s vital. Also, don’t lie, as you’ll only get in trouble in the end.

Practice Your Interview

You should brush up and improve your interview skills, as this is the biggest barrier to most hires. You can try practicing with friends or job services, though applying and interviewing with jobs is great practice in itself. Don’t give up if you don’t get callbacks; take it as practice for your next try.

Do a Background Check

This may sound a little silly, but any business you apply to will run one on you. You want to know what it’s going to say before an employer sees it so that you can correct any mistakes or address them in the interview. If you’re upfront about something on your background check, employers might understand.

Vaccinate Yourself

A lot of jobs require certain vaccines to work at their location. There’re various vaccines you need to get for most jobs, and a lot of them take several months to get. So, make sure you get them early before you even start your job search, if possible.

By following these tips on how you prepare for a job search, you elevate your chances of getting a job. At the very least, you remove some of the obstacles that might stop you from getting hired.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.